Updated on Friday at 3:45pm

It seems that the rumor mill is at it again. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic is now reporting that the Cincinnati Reds and New York Yankees are making progress in a deal that would bring right-handed pitcher Sonny Gray to Cincinnati.

Like several other rumors, this one has been around forever. Jon Heyman says that the Yankees have shown interest in two of the Cincinnati Reds Top 10 prospects.

Updated on Thursday at 5:35pm

It seems that perhaps the Cincinnati Reds are out on this one, according to Andy Martino of SNY.

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For what seems to be the millionth time this offseason, there’s word that the New York Yankees are trying to aggressively move starting pitcher Sonny Gray. According to Jon Heyman, the Cincinnati Reds are still one of the teams in discussion for the right-handers services.

This is a road that we’ve been down more than a few times here. The Yankees just signed Adam Ottavino to a 3-year, $27M deal. That move pushes Sonny Gray even further down the Yankees depth chart, and with the money owed and his relative lack of a role in New York, they seem to be doing all that they can to move him.

You can make the argument that he could help Cincinnati. If he pitches in Cincinnati like he did away from Yankee Stadium in 2018, that’s a huge help. If he goes back to the pitcher he has been in several past seasons, that would be a huge help, too. But there’s still reason for concern as his walk rate jumped up to a career worst in 2018 – and his ERA was 4.90.

He’s also, like two other members of the Reds rotation, only under team control for the 2019 season. That could leave the Reds with just two pitchers returning to their rotation for the 2020 season. On the surface that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. If the team wins in 2019, they can figure out 2020 in the offseason.

The offseason hasn’t exactly been lackluster in Cincinnati. The Reds and Dodgers trade got everyone excited, and for good reason. But that’s been the only real move they’ve made, too. And we’re less than a month out from spring training. It appears that if this move is going to happen, after months of speculation, it could be happening soon. In the famous words of Samuel L. Jackson in Jurassic Park: Hold onto your butts!